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Support Amnesty International's campaign to Bring Mordechai Vanunu to London in June
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Did you know?



Settlements Generate Virtually No Economic Activity
"A recent Israeli government report estimated there are…$250 million in annual exports — [only] 0.55 percent of the national total — from the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, territories the international community generally considers illegally occupied."
Jodi Rodoren cited by Richard Silverstein, 22 Jan 2014

Daily acts of violence committed by Jewish Israeli citizens against West Bank Palestinians
"These incidents — now particularly heightened during the olive harvest season — are not the aberration from the norm, but a regular feature of life in the occupied West Bank. In 2012, over 7,500 Palestinian olive trees were destroyed. In the 5-year period between 2007 and 2011, there was a 315 percent increase in settler violence."
Mairav Zonszein, Israel Must Stop Settler Violence, 8 November 2013
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Police impunity
After their own investigations establishing a prima facie violation, Btselem has lodged over 280 complaints of alleged police violence in the oPt since the start of the second Intifada: "we are aware of only 12 indictments" Btselem April 2013
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Runners in the first ever Bethlehem Marathon were forced to run two laps of the same course on Sunday 21 April 2013, as Palestinians were unable to find a single stretch of free land that is 26 miles long in Area A, where the PA has both security and civil authority. See Marathon report
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30th March, land day.
On 30 March 1976, thousands of Palestinians living as a minority in Israel mounted a general strike and organised protests against Israeli government plans to expropriate almost 15,000 acres of Palestinian land in the Galilee.The Israeli government, led by prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and defence minister Shimon Peres, sent in the army to break up the general strike. The Israeli army killed six unarmed Palestinians, wounded hundreds and arrested hundreds more, including political activists. All were citizens of Israel.
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* Out of 103 investigations opened in 2012 into alleged offences committed by Israeli soldiers in the occupied territories, not a single indictment served to date
Yesh Din, 3 Feb 2013
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* In total, out of an area of 1.6 million dunams in the Jordan Valley, Israel has seized 1.25 million − some 77.5 percent − where Palestinians are forbidden to enter.
Haaretz editorial, 4 Feb 2013
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How to lobby your MP

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With acknowledgements to CAABU


Lobbying your MP Effectively

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HOW TO MEET YOUR MP

Find out who your local MP is on the They Work for You website, or by telephoning the House of Commons Information Office on 020 7219 4272. They will ask you for your full postcode in order to verify which constituency you live in.

Contact your MP as soon as possible and arrange a meeting with them. Most MPs hold weekly advice surgeries for constituents, frequently on a Friday but this may vary. You can call the House of Commons on 0207 219 3000 or call the constituency office number which will be found on your local MP’s website. Explain briefly to their staff why you are requesting a meeting.

With the General Election approaching it may also be worth contacting the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) standing in your constituency. You can visit the website of UK Polling Report to discover who the leading PPCs in your area are, and you will be able to arrange a meeting or telephone conversation with them to discuss the issues that are of interest to you, when deciding who to vote for.

HOW TO LOBBY EFFECTIVELY

Be as constructive as possible. MPs regularly say to us that in the past constituents have used the lobbies as arena to vent anger. You need to ask what constructive things he/she can do to try and alleviate the plight.

Always stay calm and composed. Even if your MP says things that you do not agree with, do don’t react aggressively and be polite and tolerant. Consider them to be on your side, not adversaries. Your point comes across more effectively if you build a calm, rational argument.

Know what you are going to say and research. Try to make sure that everything you say is factually correct and that you can back it up. If you use statistics that are exaggerated or unsubstantiated then you will immediately lose the attention of your MP.

Be specific and concise. See our briefing material for the issues to highlight, and choose which key points you feel more comfortable making. Stick to one or two major points and lay out your argument in a short and succinct fashion before asking your MP what you would like them to do on the matter. It helps the issue enormously if all of the MPs hear the same issues raised, if there are too many, or if you go off on a tangent, the lobby looses focus.

Request constructive action. Ask them to raise a question in the House of Commons, write to Foreign Secretary or sign a particular Early Day Motion (EDM) on the issue.

Follow up and feedback. Send a written thank you letter to your MP a week or so after the meeting. Very briefly reiterate your points, and if your MP promised a particular course of action, say that you look forward to hearing back from them.

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